Being born on a holiday usually means your birthday gets overlooked. At least in our house that is the case for my youngest wild&whimsy girl. Aleinah Noelle [aka IttyBitty] was born on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and it wasn't until this year that she got her first birthday party. There's just something about the end of the year that literally makes me feel as if I'm on a race against the clock. As soon as Halloween hits I become completely consumed with school parties, costumes, decorating, pumpkin errrrryyyythang, etc. etc ... then I blink and it's Thanksgiving ... I blink again and it's Christmas! I would tell myself every year to plan ahead for IttyBitty's birthday and every year I failed. That is until this year :) Much to my delight, the birthday girl requested a party theme after my own whimsy mama heart. She answered my question of what she would like in these exact words ... "A Yooneecowrn, Rainbow, Pink, Sparkles, Glitter, Jumpy Castle, Balloons, Princess Party with Rice & Beans". HELLO! Talk about a dream party to plan and execute! I had the most amazing time putting it all together and the BEST part was she was all about planning it with me. We pinned ideas on Pinterest together, we shopped together, and we packaged her party favors together. It was honestly one of my favorite parties I have ever thrown... and let me tell you I LOVE throwing parties so I don't say that lightly.
My Wild & Whimsy girls have two more weeks of school left and I am sooooooo ready for summer break to be here! I absolutely love the summer and everything it brings with it - the sunkissed skin, the salty beach hair, as well as long adventure-filled days. Here are a few favorites that will be on heavy rotation all summer long!
Sunglasses :: The amount of affordable and fun options available makes Forever21 a go-to for sunglasses for my girls. This round, mirrored pair is a favorite!
Slides :: Tis the summer of all things Adidas and mama is not mad! Especially because these sandals are super comfy and look super cute dressed up or dressed down.
Tattoos :: My girls are obsessed with flash tattoos [along with every other girl on the planet!] and naturally, I have jumped on the bandwagon. I cannot wait to cover ourselves in the golden goodness and take lots of fun photos! If you follow me on Instagram consider this a warning of what's to come!
Bikini :: I am obsessed with buying bathing suits for my girls. My go-to for vintage inspired suits is Janie and Jack. I absolutely LOVE their silhouettes and most of all I love that they go up to size 12.
Candle :: I burn this Mokara candle by Volupsa all day, every day, all summer long. It's my favorite.
Eye Shadow Palette :: One palette with shimmery colors that easily transitions from day into night? Yes, please!
I am often asked how I balance motherhood and running my own business and my response is always the same - "Balance is overrated".
The truth is there is no such thing as being fully "balanced”, especially during the season of early motherhood. Early motherhood is the time when your children run your world - from diapers to playdates, making memories to just plain keeping them alive - there is nothing that takes up more of your time or brain space than your children. Even the mamas who are blessed with help are consumed by the stress that comes along with the choice of bringing someone on-board to assist them in raising their children. Whether you stay at home or you’re a career chasing mama - there is no escaping the reality that motherhood, although beautiful, is not for the faint of heart.
When I began this Wild & Whimsy journey, my youngest daughter was less than a year old and my two older daughters were in Kindergarten and First Grade. Life consisted of different school drop-off times, different pick-up times, teething baby drama, and working through some really important family decisions with my husband. It was a juggling act and I needed to keep all of the balls in the air as I took off in pursuit of my dream of designing and owning my own clothing line. It was a crazy season of runs to Los Angeles for manufacturer meetings, fabric sourcing, and production managing with my baby on my hip. I’ll never forget the embarrassment I felt when I met with my fabric vendor and I smelled like a walking turd after Aleinah's poop diaper had exploded all over me earlier in the day. Nor will I forget the guilt I felt the several times I was late in picking up my Nylah from kindergarten and was met with the judgmental scowls of the school office ladies. Needless to say, starting a business during that time was not easy. It was a time when I cried a lot, I laughed, I dreamed, I yelled at my children, I hugged them tight, I was disappointed, I was encouraged, and felt very overwhelmed. I pretty much felt every emotion imaginable and I drove myself bat poop crazy trying to find the "balance" in the chaos.
After a year of struggling with unrealistic expectations and reading countless articles on how others had found the elusive balance that I was so desperately seeking, I came to the realization that balance is not a one-size-fits-all outfit. Sure, "how-to" lists are helpful and I’m a strong believer that I can learn from others. However, at the end of the day what works for one person will not always work for another. For me, the balance is found when I take a long hard look at my present situation and circumstances and ask myself what adjustments I need to make to keep my dream going and then do exactly that.
Today, although I don't have it all figured out, I have redefined balance for myself. To me, balance is deciding my dream is more valuable than the opinions of others - comments like, "I chose my children over my own selfish ambitions" [ya! someone had the nerve to say that!] don't bother me anymore because I am secure in the fact that my children know that the love and adoration I feel for them is not dictated by whether or not I can be the "room mom" at their school every year. Balance is recognizing that some seasons will be more fruitful than others - whether as a business woman, a designer, a mother, a wife, or friend – there are times when I will excel and times when I will really suck. Balance is cultivating low maintenance relationships with people who will support you wholeheartedly and won't question your loyalty and integrity because you don't have as much time to spend with them as you once did. Balance is knowing that who I AM and accepting what I am capable of is just as important as knowing who I am NOT and accepting my weaknesses.
Today, I have finally found my rhythm and I am more excited than ever to be living out this big, beautiful, chaotic Wild & Whimsy life and if I am honest, it really has nothing to do with balance [because things are still craycray!], but has everything to do with giving myself grace as I grow.
distressed denim is dominating the street style scene this season and we couldn't be happier about it! dressed up or dressed down, naked knees and thigh grazing frills will add a, "je ne sais quoi" to any ensemble -- both for mama & her wild&whimsy mini.
here's a simple tutorial on how to distress a pair of old jeans in less than 5 minutes :
cut a medium size slit at the knee.
using your two fingers, rip the slit to desired size.
use a sanding block, sand paper, or fine side of a cheese grater to create the desired 'distressed' effect.
repeat on the other knee - adding a smaller slit on top for even more distressed goodness.
With the new Wild&Whimsy collection just released, the spring 2015 collection in the works, and the holiday season quickly approaching it is very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all and forget those in need.
Our philosophy here at Wild&Whimsy is something we are very passionate about. More than just a clothing line, we are a brand dedicated to the expression of childhood magic. We believe that little girls who are taught to be kind, loving, and generous grow up to be women who are kind, loving, and generous.
It is in this spirit that we are launching a very exciting opportunity to teach our babies how to give back! We have teamed up with our family friend, Adam Ennabe of Irvine Advisors Mortgage Group, to create gift bags for families being sheltered at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Adam has been hosting events with the Ronald McDonald House for the past couple of years and we are SO excited and honored to be able to join him in blessing others this holiday season.
Here's what we are doing:
Creating Gift Bags filled with cozy throws (which have all been donated already), a board game and lots of snacks for the families to enjoy together while waiting in the hospital. We will also be providing lunch or dinner the day of delivery.
Here are a few ways how you can get involved:
You can make a $10 Donation here in our shop. 100% of your donation (minus a small fee from our credit card processing company) will go towards creating the gift bags and providing lunch or dinner for the families sheltered at the Ronald McDonald House.
You can pick up a board game and/or a box of snacks (fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.) and mail directly to:
20122 Santa Ana Ave. #4C
Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you are a local family and would like to join us in delivering the gift bags please email us directly to email@example.com for details.
**Please keep in mind all donations need to arrive or be made by December 10th for delivery on December 12th or 13th.
Our Wild&Whimsy girls have been bubbling with excitement about creating these gift bags! We thank you ahead of time for your generosity and encourage this simple gesture to be shared with your little ones -- it is sometimes the smallest things, like picking up a board game to donate, that make a huge impact on their little lives and the lives of others.
We had an endless summer this year. The beach beckoned us day after day... & day after day we happily obliged. This particular time, with our magical six foot swan on hand.
The Wild & Whimsy girls are wearing:
Wild & Whimsy Lux Velvet Turban
Mini Rodini Tuxedo Suit
HAPPY EASTER [!!!]
We hope it's a magical day for you. May it be filled with all that is good.
Easter is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited! To be honest, it crept up on me this year and I am barely starting to think about Easter baskets & hostess gifts now. If any of you are like me, and are in search of some easy DIY Easter projects here is one I created last year that can be used for pretty much anything you need - Easter baskets, hostess gifts, or as a place setting at the Easter table.
DIY Bunny Jar:
bunny figurine [spray painted whatever color you like]
strip of tulle or ribbon
marshmallow bunnies or favorite candy
hot glue your bunny on mason jar lid & let dry.
fill mason jar.
top mason jar.
tie tulle & tag around mason jar.
& voila [!!!]
Happy First Day of Spring!
We absolutely LOVE this time of year. The sweet fragrance of flowers mixed with the sunshine create a magical atmosphere of awakening & newness.
In the spirit of Spring, we have released two NEW turban colors:
Not your typical springtime colors, we know, but Wild&Whimsy girls aren't very typical. We let our daughters pick the colors from a series of swatches and since they are the ones who rock our turbans day in & day out, we couldn't not deliver!
For you babes who like more "traditional" springtime colors, no worries - we have a few more colors in the works!
Welcome to a world where imaginations run WILD & dreams are full of WHIMSY...